How to become a festival organiser.

15 June, 2023

So, you love attending festivals and have thoughts on what your perfect festival would be? Well, becoming a festival organiser sounds like it could be the perfect role for you.

Whether you’re coming up with innovative ideas, working on the budget, or liaising with headliners, a festival organiser’s day-to-day role often varies with each project. If you’re looking for a way into the events industry, then here are some of our tips on how to become a festival organiser.

Learn about festival organisation

First things first, you need to take in all the knowledge you can about the industry, the role, and the responsibilities of a festival organiser or events planner. You could consider studying a degree or related course. This is a fantastic way to learn new skills and develop your knowledge. 

A degree in a relevant subject would give you the knowledge and skills needed to work in the industry. It could also help you get a placement or role at a festival, giving you that all-important work experience. 

Gain experience

Experience is key. As well as your knowledge about the role, this is another big thing that employers look for. It shows that you’ve actually done aspects of the job previously, and that you know what you’re doing. 

Apply for any experience you can get, even if it’s volunteering work. Eventually you’ll gain enough experience to apply for something with more responsibility. Take a look at opportunities available with organisations planning larger events, because the bigger the festival the more job opportunities there’ll be.


Networking is a vital aspect of the events industry. If you’ve had experience before, you’ll know this. Having great connections is brilliant when you’re a festival organiser, and it’s just as important when you’re trying to get into the industry. Whether it’s someone you know from your time in education, or from working, they could be your key into your next role.

If you’re able to build up a contact list that can help you, or others, then you’re proving that you’re a valuable asset to any team.

Create a portfolio

Whatever experience you get, add it to your CV. Having everything all in one place makes it easy for employers to view what roles you’ve had experience in. As you build up your impressive CV, it’ll also help you to highlight relevant experience when you’re applying for a role, or new job.  

Join us on your path to becoming a festival organiser!

Now you know how to become a festival organiser, why not take a look at our Music Business and Event Management course?

We also provide Music Production courses for undergraduates and postgraduates, such as BA (Hons) Music Production and MA Music Production. Our Sound Engineering courses are fantastic if you’re interested in learning how to record and deliver audio to the highest standards. We’ll help you gain the essential skills you need to rock the music industry!

You’ll get real opportunities, learn from industry experts, and develop your skills on your journey to a music and sound career. Take a look at our range of subject areas, or see what student life at Spirit Studios is like by attending one of our open days.

If you’re ready to kickstart your music career, then apply now for the course that suits you. Contact us today if you want to find out more.

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